There are certain things that you’ll need to learn, accept, or let go of when you’re going on a camping or paddling trip. While every camping experience will differ, going on an interior camping trip where you’re off the grid, away from any sort of civilization, there are certain things you’ll need to understand and accept, so that you have a more enjoyable trip. Things such as: comfort items, things you need to survive, or your wants …
Funny story: Back when I starting going “camping” when I was 16 to 18 years old, (and I use the word “camping” in quotes because you’ll see in a minute), my girlfriends and I used to go to a campground nearby called Sibbalds. We used to take blow dryers and curling irons, make up and trashy outfits (for the boys, you know..) and it was all a joke thinking back on it. It wasn’t until I met Jeff when I was 18 years old that he showed me what camping was truly all about and it wasn’t long before I fell in love with camping and nature. Apart from the pesky bugs,
Things you need to let go of in order to have a more enjoyable camping/paddling experience:
- Dirt & Cleanliness. You’ll have clean hands for maybe, maybe the first hour..okay maybe first ten minutes camping. A nail scrub brush can be something you might find helpful to combat dirty looking hands your entire trip, but eventually you’ll learn to let it go. It’s not the end of the world.
- Bug Bites. Ugghh! You will get many, many bug bites. Some in places that are very, very unpleasant, like your private bits and holy moses! Not fun. But the bugs are not going anywhere, so best you come to that realization real quick. Learn to live in their world. Get yourself a bug net, or they even make entire full body bug suits. They’re hot but they do the trick. And deet or bug spray. Wearing light-coloured clothing helps, too.
Things you’ll want or need to survive:
- A stove and back-up stove is never a bad idea just in case one fails on you.
- A water filtration system and extra hose should yours have a hole. We had a brand new water filter system and there was a small hole on the hose that Jeff had to cut off in order to get the suction to work properly.
- Lots of lexan/reusable water containers.
- Bug repellent and a bug net.
- Fire starters for when it is absolutely miserable out and literally everything is wet and soggy.
- Meal planning and well-thought out meals, days you’ll be away and what is practical for your needs. Remember, you carry in what you need and want, so be smart about it.
- An axe and saw, along with an extra saw blade. Jeff almost broke his several times, and come to think of it, he actually did break a bit of the tip off the blade.
- Extra tent pegs.
- A tarp and rope to hang over a fire, tent or dining area.
- Extra rope for everything.
- Toilet paper and paper-based wipes.
- Breathable layers of clothing that can wick sweat and dry out easily in the elements. Also, make sure you don’t take your most expensive duds, because they will likely get dirty or get ruined from the lovely smells of campfire.
- Rain gear. We just had 5 days of 7 that were at freaking monsoon so I can appreciate this point more than you know..
Comfort items that will make your trip more enjoyable:
- A small folding camp chair
- hot coffee: it energizes you and makes you feel all warm and cozy inside.
- Whiskey or alcohol: it warms the soul on a rainy, miserable day.
- This is also listed above but trust me, you’ll be much happier with bug spray and a bug net if you pack those along for your trip, too.
- A camera and a solar charger.
- Binoculars to view the wildlife. That’s how we spotted this guy:
- a handy husband like mine. 🙂 He seriously can do anything, I’m constantly amazed by his knowledge and his skills. I’m never, ever afraid to put my life in his hands.
- Lots of fresh socks.
- And finally, a tree hammock. You will thank me later, trust me. They are divine out in the middle of nature.
I hope some of these tips are useful to you, but remember that every camping trip is different as is everyone’s needs and wants. Regardless, I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Thanks!